San Diego Jazz Party


Evan Arntzen, Sax, Clarinet, Voals
Evan Arntzen

Evan Arntzen is a saxophonist, clarinetist and vocalist from Vancouver, British Colombia. From the age of seven, Evan studied New Orleans jazz under the instruction of his grandfather, Lloyd Arntzen. After earning his B.A. in Saxophone Performance, Evan performed extensively with many of Canada’s most prominent musicians.
Since moving to New York City in 2014, Evan has take part in the city’s vibrant traditional jazz scene, performing with such groups as Vince Giodano’s Nighthawks, Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band and Jon-Erik Kellso’s Earregulars. Evan has received several awards for his music and has played in jazz festivals all over the world. here.

Bill Allred, Trombone

Bill’s musical legacy started in the city of New Orleans. His father, John, was a jazz pianist and banjoist on Mississippi steamboats. Bill played Trombone in High School, College and the U.S. Navy Band.
In 1971, Bill was chosen as one of the original 200 staff musicians at Walt Disney World. Bill was also a regular member of the Wild Bill Davison Jazz Band, who performed at concerts and festivals worldwide. Bill has appeared in concert with Billy Butterfield, Bob Crosby, Bobby Hackett, Eddie Miller, Al Hirt, Dick Hyman, Al Cohen, Louis Bellson, Snooky Young, Ross Tomkins, Bob Cooper, Urbie Green, Carl Fontana, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Butch Miles, Buddy Morrow, Tex Benecke, Billy Maxted, Ray Charles and the Lawson-Haggart World’s Greatest Jazz Band. Bill now plays with his own Classic Jazz Band at festivals worldwide. He can also be heard on several recordings with Wild Bill Davidson, his own Classic Jazz Band, and a recent recording with an all-star band including his son, well-known trombonist, John Allred.
For more information, visit Bill's website here.

John Allred, Trombone
John Allred

John Allred hails from a musical family. His grandfather played jazz piano and banjo on Mississippi River boats; his father is well-known trombonist Bill Allred. John plays traditional jazz, swing and bebop. He has played in the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Woody Herman band, Toshiko Akioshi's Big Band, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks and Harry Connick Jr.'s band. He plays in festivals here and abroad. He has new CD releases with Harry Allen and Warren Vaché and has recorded with Wycliffe Gordon. He lives in the New York City area.

Dan Barrett, Trombone
Dan Barrett

Born in Pasadena in 1955, Dan switched from piano to trombone in the fifth grade. He performs at festivals worldwide and is on many recordings. He has led his own bands and has arranged and composed for others. He was featured in Benny Goodman's last band, and has played in many movies, including "Cotton Club" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs." He lives in Costa Mesa, CA. To visit Dan's website, please click here.

Charlie Bertini, Trumpet
Charlie Bertini

Charlie began learning to play the trumpet at age nine in his hometown of Cortland, NY. He quickly became active in marching band, concert band, orchestra, chorus and conducting classes. By the age of 19, he joined the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus as lead trumpeter. Eventually the circus moved him to Florida where is played a variety of gigs with performers like Mel Tormé, Al Martino and Patti Page. He also performed freelance engagements with the Walt Disney Word, Universal Studios and Church Street Station. Charlie has backed up many well-known artists, played network TV specials, and was musical director for Ringling Bros Circus. He has six solo albums to his name and has played in 45 states, Europe and China. here.

James Chirillo, Guitar
James Chirillo

Raised in Bellevue, Washington, James Chirillo has worked with many of the swing era’s recognized greats, and as a charter member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He appears regularly with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis, has played in Broadway shows, has composed numerous pieces, has been on countless recordings – with Tony Bennett, Joe Lovano, Houston Person, Marcus Roberts, and Dick Hyman, and on the soundtracks of Sweet and Lowdown, Everyone Says I Love You, Revolutionary Road and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. His recording debut as leader — Sultry Serenade — was one of the top five Critics’ Picks for the Year 2000 in Jazz Times magazine, and one of Top Ten List of Jazz Releases for 2000 at He has been teaching at the Juilliard School, NYC as a member of the jazz faculty.
To visit James's website, click here.

John Eaton, Piano
John Eaton

The jazz writer Nat Hentoff has said of John Eaton that he is "the complete pianist...the master of just about the whole spectrum of jazz music." A native of Washington DC, born in 1934, Eaton has played at the White House, and with such jazz greats as Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Clark Terry and Wild Bill Davidson. He is renown for his series of concerts/lectures on American Popular Song, including often at Wolf Trap outside Washington. His programs have spotlighted such composers as Richard Rogers, Harry Warren, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin. A graduate of Yale, he lives in Washington. For his website, click here.

Eddie Erickson, Guitar and Vocals
Eddie Erickson

"Fast Eddie" Erickson was born in San Francisco in 1948. He began his banjo/guitar career in the San Jose area in the mid '60s and moved to Monterey in 1969 to work at Capone's Warehouse on Canary Row. He has appeared with such noted jazz performers as Jackie Coon, Rick Fay, Dan Barrett, Dave Frishberg and Johnny Varro. From 1978 to 1983, Eddie led the "Riverboat Rascals" show band on board Disney's Empress Lilly Showboat. In recent years, Eddie has been featured with Big Mama Sue at festivals, fairs, and even the "Sancy Snow" Jazz Festival in France. To visit Eddie's website, please click here.

Jon-Erik Kellso, Trumpet
Jon-Erik Kellso

Born in Detroit in 1964, Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in concert alongside Wild Bill Davis at 17. He also played with the J.C. Heard Orchestra. After moving to New York in 1989 to join Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, he has played with Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Milt Hinton, Dick Hyman and many others. He plays in festivals and concerts and with bands around the globe, and he is on the soundtracks of several movies. He lives in New York. To visit Jon's website, please click here.

Rebecca Kilgore, Vocals
Rebecca Kilgore

Rebecca Kilgore is one of America's leading song stylists intent on preserving the vocal jazz of the 30s and 40s. Rebecca has performed with a number of small and large bands over the years and brings warmth and vibrancy to the music wherever she goes. In 2002, Rebecca joined musical forces with Eddie Erickson and Dan Barrett, to form her new band,BED (an acronym for members Becky, Eddie and Dan). Their audience-friendly humor combined with jazzy, jivey swing makes BED a favorite with listeners of all ages. To visit Rebecca's website, please click here.

Ed Metz, Jr., Drums
Ed Metz, Jr.

Eddie, who was born in Allentown, PA, and grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, was three when the drummer in his father's Dixieland band gave him his first drumsticks. He played his first professional gig at the age 12. Since then, he has played with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Chick Corea, Clark Terry, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Ralph Sutton and many others. He has recorded on many labels, including Arbors, Fantasy and Nagel-Heyer. He has lived in the Orlando area for the past 20 years, 14 of which he was a fulltime staff musician at Disney World. He travels the world playing at concerts, festivals and tours.

Butch Miles, Drums
Butch Miles

Butch Miles continues to attract worldwide attention and acclaim. Born in Ironton, OH, in 1944, he has played with Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Zubin Mehta, Itzak Pearlman, Dick Hyman and many others. Butch conducts jazz clinics at universities and high schools, continues to record CDs, and plays frequently at festivals around the globe. He is currently a faculty member in jazz studies at Texas State University. A graduate of West Virginia State College, Butch lives in Austin, TX. To visit Butch's web site, please click here.

Nicki Parrott, Bass and Vocals
Nicki Parrott

Born in Australia in 1970, Nicki began her musical training on piano at the age of four and soon took up the flute as well. She switched to double bass at 15 because her sister, alto sax player Lisa, wanted a bass in her group. She moved to New York in 1994, and has since performed at the Newport, Lionel Hampton and Berlin jazz festivals, among many others. She plays at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC and many other venues in the New York area and overseas. To visit Nicki's website, please click here.

Houston Person, Jr., Tenor Sax
Houston Person, Jr.

He has recorded over 75 albums under his own name, and has also appeared on recordings with Etta Jones, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Dakota Staton and Horace Silver. He is a recipient of the Eubie Blake Jazz Award. Two recent recordings on the HighNote label are "Dialogues" with bassist Ron Carter and "Sentimental Journey." He has played at Lincoln Center and at many festivals here and in Europe. Born in 1934, Houston grew up in Florence, S.C., and lives in Nyack, N.Y.

Ed Polcer, Cornet
Ed Polcer

Ed toured with Benny Goodman's sextet in 1973. From 1975 to 1985, he was manager, co-owner and bandleader at Eddie Condon's Club in New York. He has appeared in hundreds of concerts, festivals, and jazz parties here and abroad and has led his band in performances with symphony orchestras. His most recent CD is "Lionel, Red and Bunny-A centennial celebration of Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo and Bunny Berigan." Born in 1937, he lives in Brooklyn, NY. To visit Ed's website, please click here.

Chuck Redd, Drums and Vibes
Chuck Redd

Chuck Redd, noted for his tasteful playing on both drums and vibes, was born in 1958 in Takoma Park, MD, where he lives today. He joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. He has played on tour many times in Europe and Japan. From 1991 to 1996, he played vibes with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan, Marian McPartland, Scott Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli and many other jazz greats.

To visit Chuck's website, please click here.

Antti Sarpila, Reeds
Antti Sarpila

Born in 1964, Antti Sarpila is one of the few internationally-known jazz musicians from Finland. Based in Helsinki, he is well known and liked at jazz festivals through Europe and the United States. He was a student of Bob Wilber's during the 1980s, and played with Wilber in a "Tribute to Benny Goodman" in Carnegie Hall in 1988. He has played with numerous jazz stars and bands, including the Count Basie Orchestra. He has his own group in Finland, the Antti Sarpila Swing Band. To visit Antti's website, please click here.

Richard Simon, Bass
Richard Simon

Richard is one of the busiest bass players in the Los Angeles area. Born in Kansas City, he moved to L.A. in 1977. He performs at festivals, concerts, and nightclubs. He has recorded with Rosemary Clooney, Plas Johnson, Buddy Collette, Al Viola, Gerald Wiggins, and others. In 1995, he founded the UFO-BASS recording label to document the music of often-overlooked West Coast musicians. To visit Richard's website, please click here.

Rossano Sportiello, Piano
Rossano Sportiello

A widely acclaimed talent, Rossano graduated from the Italian Conservatory and began his musical career at the age of 18. He is now 32 and lives in New York. In 2002 and 2003, he played at the Ascona Festival in Switzerland with Dan Barrett's International Swing Party band. He has been a pupil of Barry Harris, and his piano hero is the late Ralph Sutton. Rossano has performed at New York's Town Hall and Lincoln Center and at the United Nations. He has played with a host of jazz notables, including Harry Allen, Scott Hamilton, Becky Kilgore, Warren Vaché, Howard Alden and Joe Wilder. He has recorded solo piano albums for the Blue Swing and Arbors labels. To visit Rossano's website, please click here.

Dave Stone, Bass
Dave Stone

Dave was born into a musical family in Glendale, CA, in 1955. His father and uncle were bass players, the latter with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. By his 20s, Dave was touring with the bands of Ray Anthony, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Harry James and later, Nancy Wilson. Much in demand on the West Coast, he has recorded with singers Frank Sinatra, Barbara, Paul McCartney and Natalie Cole, and has performed on many movie soundtracks, include “Up” and “Mission Impossible III.” He lives in Huntington Beach, CA, and last appeared at SDJP in 2006. To visit Dave's website, please click here.

Johnny Varro, Piano
Rossano Sportiello

Johnny Varro has been an accomplished international performer since he was 16. His first professional job was with Bobby Hackett. He then went on to perform at Eddie Condon's with such great jazzmen as Buck Clayton, Pee Wee Russell, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Lou McGarity, Peanuts Hucko and others. Johnny has worked most of the jazz rooms around New York including The Embers, Tavern on the Green, Hanratty's, The Metropole and Jimmy Ryan's. He has numerous recordings to his credit and has toured all over the world with groups such as the Dukes of Dixieland, Wild Bill Davison All Stars and Peanuts Hucko Tour - Tribute to Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. He also played with the Jackie Gleason Show. Johnny currently resides in Palm Harbor, Florida, and plays many clubs and jazz festivals all over the world. To visit Johnny's website, please click here.

Jason Wanner, Piano
Jason Wanner

Jason was born in 1978 in Sacramento, and began playing and taking piano lessons at age 6. Later, he played classical music and ragtime, adding jazz in his teens. Johnny Varro took him under his wing at a music camp. Since then he has played with trad bands, at the Sun Valley Swing and Dixie Jamboree, at Mammoth Lakes, with the Sister Swing band, and at numerous festivals. He now makes his home in San Diego. To visit Jason's website, please click here.

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